Course Description

As described by the College Board, this course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Students will deepen their understanding of how authors use language by analyzing a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  In this course, we will study representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  We will write.  We will write a great deal.  Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature, though the occasional creative writing assignment will help students experience how literature is written, thus making them more able readers.  Discussion will be an essential element of this course as we challenge one another to achieve greater depths of understanding.  This will be a safe place to explore ideas and share our mental wanderings and wonderings. 

Upcoming Assignments See all


Do Now: How do the institutions of society contribute to a person leaving a state of innocence and moving to a state of experience?  

Frankenstein essay due.

 Begin Romantic poets. Check out English Romantic Poets book.

 Introduce Blake and begin Songs of Innocence and Experience.

 Assign poems for presentation. 

 Time to work on presentations. 


Do Now: What is the purpose of the various institutions of society (education, justice, religion, etc.)? 

Begin presentations. 


Do Now: Tell the story of how you got a scar.
Finish presentations; begin Wordsworth if time allows.

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Friday is the last day of 1st quarter.  Wednesday, Oct. 9th, is the last day I will accept any make-up work for 1st quarter.  The one exception is rewrites for the  Old Man and the Sea essay (9th grade).  I will accept those until Friday, Oct. 11th. 

Summer Assignments

I hope everyone is having an amazing summer filled with both adventure and relaxation.  Just a reminder that you should also be devoting some time to completing your summer assignment.  I look forward to sharing in your learning.